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BarefootMostly Offline

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Joined: Aug 2014

Machine: Swift LT for her I think that's what it's called
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Mirage Activa
Humidifier: none, boiled my head enough in the 70's
CPAP Pressure: 13
CPAP Software: ResScan

Other Comments: Addicted to my CPAP and won't even nap without it.

Sex: Female
Location: Kankakee County, IL

Post: #1
Change mask or not?
Using ResMed Activa for a few years now. My gripes are currently that it falls apart in the middle of the night a lot! Nothing broken on it just old I guess. I also don't like the red marks around my nose for the first few hours of the day. I never plan to leave the house till 11 am due to those.

Anyhow, I'm not even sure what size this mask is. How can I tell? I'll probably order a new one online. Any suggestions where to buy for a good price? Need headgear too. Had to sew velcro into mine as the old velcro didn't work anymore. I think I mentioned in my first post that my current insurance does not cover any supplies till I meet my deductible which isn't going to happen so I have to pay cash. The place I could go to if I met my deductible is so outrageously high on everything!!!

I need to do something really soon. Only slept about 4 hours last night from fidgeting with this thing I have now. Any suggestions would be welcome.

EDIT: I just found the template for fit at ResMed site.
(This post was last modified: 09-14-2014 08:45 AM by BarefootMostly.)
09-14-2014 08:36 AM
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Joined: Feb 2012

Machine: ResMed AirCurve10 VAuto
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P Simplus
Humidifier: HumidAir and SlimLine Hose
CPAP Pressure: MaxI 13.6 | MinE 5.2 | PS 4.4
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: Diagnosed Nov 2011. Conquered aerophagia.

Sex: Male
Location: Houston, Texas

Post: #2
RE: Change mask or not?
I think you've pretty well worn out your mask. They're designed to last 3 months, but many people report getting a lot more use out of them than that.

Check our Supplier List:

http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-CPAP-Supplier-List

Supplier #1 has a well laid out web site so you can browse different masks and find one you like. They also have live chat.

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09-14-2014 09:29 AM
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Posts: 60
Joined: Dec 2012

Machine: ResMed S9 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: ResMed AirFit P10
Humidifier: Hi5 with ClimateLine Hose
CPAP Pressure: 8-15
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Switzerland

Post: #3
RE: Change mask or not?
Hi BarefoofMostly

Well after years of use, yes I would replace the entire mask.
As your pressure is not that high, you could try some newer mask-designs which do not cause marks on the bridge of your nose.
Currently I am using both the ResMed AirFit P10 and AirFit N10. Both masks work really well for me, the N10 comes in when congested & the P10 feels awkward then.
You could order the masks from a vendor online that has a good return policy, or first try the masks out at your DME.

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09-14-2014 09:29 AM
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Posts: 6,430
Joined: May 2012

Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet for Her
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Paykel Simplus
Humidifier: H5i Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 7-20 Cm H2O
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: I started CPAP in 2008. Totally blind since birth.

Sex: Female
Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #4
RE: Change mask or not?
Hi BarefootMostly,
You should replace the whole mask since you've had that one for quite a while. There are lots of masks out there.
Good luck finding one that works well for you.

trish6hundred
09-14-2014 09:57 AM
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Joined: Mar 2012

Machine: PRS 1 BiPAP autoSV Advanced, with Heated Tube humidifier
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Sleepweaver √Član
Humidifier: Resperonics Heated Tube humidifier
CPAP Pressure: Max pressure 25.0 cm H20, Max
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncorePro

Other Comments: CMS 50i with Software for SpO2

Sex: Male
Location: San Marcos, CA, USA

Post: #5
RE: Change mask or not?
I am very fickle when it comes to masks, I have about a dozen different masks.
My favorite this month is the PR Wisp Nasal Mask. Very small, quick connect short hose, no marks on nose and it comes with a fit pack of Small Medium and Large cushions. That takes a lot of the guesswork out of sizing it.
09-14-2014 09:58 AM
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me50 Offline

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Machine: resmed S9 VPAP Auto
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Wisp and Silicone Head gear
Humidifier: resmed H5i
CPAP Pressure: 18/8
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Undisclosed
Location: USA

Post: #6
RE: Change mask or not?
(09-14-2014 08:36 AM)BarefootMostly Wrote:  Using ResMed Activa for a few years now. My gripes are currently that it falls apart in the middle of the night a lot! Nothing broken on it just old I guess. I also don't like the red marks around my nose for the first few hours of the day. I never plan to leave the house till 11 am due to those.

Anyhow, I'm not even sure what size this mask is. How can I tell? I'll probably order a new one online. Any suggestions where to buy for a good price? Need headgear too. Had to sew velcro into mine as the old velcro didn't work anymore. I think I mentioned in my first post that my current insurance does not cover any supplies till I meet my deductible which isn't going to happen so I have to pay cash. The place I could go to if I met my deductible is so outrageously high on everything!!!

I need to do something really soon. Only slept about 4 hours last night from fidgeting with this thing I have now. Any suggestions would be welcome.

EDIT: I just found the template for fit at ResMed site.

If I were you, I would double check with your insurance company because most insurance companies don't have a deductible for DME supplies and sometimes when talking with a customer service rep, they tell what the deductible is but don't specifically look at the deductible for DME equipment.
09-14-2014 10:23 AM
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Joined: Jan 2014

Machine: Phillips Respironics System One PRS1 DS760P Auto BiPAP
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Airfit P10 Nasal Pillow
Humidifier: System One Heated Humidifier + Climate Line
CPAP Pressure: E/I 13/20 PS 4/7 BiFlex 3
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncoreBasic

Other Comments: Sleep can be a good thing.

Sex: Male
Location: USA

Post: #7
RE: Change mask or not?
Take a look at the "ResMed FX for her" nasal pillow mask, if you like that mask send me a PM and maybe I can help you find a very very inexpensive mask, especially if you have no coverage for a mask.

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09-14-2014 04:59 PM
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Posts: 12
Joined: Aug 2014

Machine: Swift LT for her I think that's what it's called
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Mirage Activa
Humidifier: none, boiled my head enough in the 70's
CPAP Pressure: 13
CPAP Software: ResScan

Other Comments: Addicted to my CPAP and won't even nap without it.

Sex: Female
Location: Kankakee County, IL

Post: #8
RE: Change mask or not?
(09-14-2014 09:29 AM)Sleepster Wrote:  I think you've pretty well worn out your mask. They're designed to last 3 months, but many people report getting a lot more use out of them than that.

Check our Supplier List:

Thank you. I bookmarked the list.
(09-14-2014 10:23 AM)me50 Wrote:  
(09-14-2014 08:36 AM)BarefootMostly Wrote:  Using ResMed Activa for a few years now. My gripes are currently that it falls apart in the middle of the night a lot! Nothing broken on it just old I guess. I also don't like the red marks around my nose for the first few hours of the day. I never plan to leave the house till 11 am due to those.

Anyhow, I'm not even sure what size this mask is. How can I tell? I'll probably order a new one online. Any suggestions where to buy for a good price? Need headgear too. Had to sew velcro into mine as the old velcro didn't work anymore. I think I mentioned in my first post that my current insurance does not cover any supplies till I meet my deductible which isn't going to happen so I have to pay cash. The place I could go to if I met my deductible is so outrageously high on everything!!!

I need to do something really soon. Only slept about 4 hours last night from fidgeting with this thing I have now. Any suggestions would be welcome.

EDIT: I just found the template for fit at ResMed site.

If I were you, I would double check with your insurance company because most insurance companies don't have a deductible for DME supplies and sometimes when talking with a customer service rep, they tell what the deductible is but don't specifically look at the deductible for DME equipment.

I have a script from my doctor and Ins co. told me who I could go to for machine and mask. The place told me they contacted the Ins co and was told I have to meet a deductible of like 3K or whatever it is. I took the script and left.
(This post was last modified: 09-15-2014 12:53 AM by BarefootMostly.)
09-15-2014 12:51 AM
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